Traverse City Area Events

Wow! This year is moving so fast! The Holidays are upon us. As I sit here and prepare this calendar, the weather girl says there will be snow this week.  The famous northwestern Michigan color was incredible as usual. The chill is here, most days, and we are breaking out the sweaters!   Our calendars stay busy during this time of year and there are some really cool things to do this month. Check out the ESM Event Highlights for November 2019 to see some of the fun things you can do during November in Northwest Michigan.  

These events are the highlights from the Ticker, EventBright, PureMichigan,   WhatsUpTraverseCity and Meetup.  There is no rhyme or reason to them and it is worth a full peruse through these websites.  

If you are planning a venture, and like the option of an investment or vacation home, give me a call, and we can begin this discussion.  

Traverse Area Camera Club Competition Show 2019

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019 @ 10:00 AM 
Crooked Tree Arts Center, Gallery, TC

A reception will be held on Sat., Oct. 26 from 2-4pm. Runs through Nov. 16.

5th Annual City Opera House Gala: “Life is a Cabaret”

 SaturDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
City Opera House, TC


Performers include Paul Canaan, Eve Starr, Adinah Alexander, Eden Espinosia, Joey Taranto & Jacob Yandura. Tier 1/Main Floor/Table: $125; Tier 2/Balcony: $25; Student/Balcony: $15.

32nd Annual Dickens’ Christmas Bazaar

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2019 @ 9 AM – 3 PM
First Congregational Church, TC

Over 100 artist spaces will feature Christmas gifts & home furnishings & décor. Proceeds benefit global & local non-profits


SATURday, NOVEMBER 5, 2019 @ 6:00 PM
City Opera House, TC

Free; must register
Five presenters are allowed 5 minutes each to present & 5 minutes of question & answer. Between presenters, the audience is allowed to make brief announcements for things such as job openings, persons seeking employment, & other events happening in the area related to technology.

November Recess

WEDNESday, NOVEMBER 6, 2019 @ 5:00 to 7:00 PM
West Bay Beach , A Delamar Resort, TC

Networking happy hour with fig & goat cheese crostini, antipasto display, cheese & cracker tray, vegetable crudités & chicken pot stickers w/ sesame soy dipping sauce; domestic beer & house wines. Prizes include two NautiCat passes, a Delamar gift basket, overnight stay in renovated West Wing guest room, & overnight stay in executive sweet with dinner for two. Sponsored by Caliber Home Loans.

That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody

FRIday, NOVEMBER 8, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
City Opera House, TC


$30, $37; $15 students

Set in the Miami house in 1985, this Off Broadway hit parodies classic Golden Girls moments with puppets.

Annual Holiday Market

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2019 @ 10:00 aM
Oliver Art Center, Frankfort

Nov. 3-17. Featuring more than a dozen local artists & their one of a kind works.

“West Side Story”

SATURday, NOVEMBER 9, 2019 @ 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM
TC Central High School Auditorium, TC


Presented by the TC Central High School Music Department. GA: $20; VIP: $25; Students & senior citizens: $15.

Yoga + Beer

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2019 @ 11:00 AM 
Silver Spruce Brewing Co., TC


Donation based class

A one hour flow class. Bring your own mat. Register.

Small Works Holiday Exhibition

SUNday, NOVEMBER 17 – 10:00 AM
Glen Arbor Arts Center



Runs Nov. 15 – Dec. 18. This holiday show features art work 12” x 12” & smaller, all priced at $150 or less. A 6pm reception launches the show. As part of the opening reception, the GAAC will reveal the Gratitude Wall. A Gallery Talk will be held on Nov. 24 at 2pm: Thanks + Gratitude – A Year-round Practice with JoAnna Pepe. A Holiday Open House will be held on Dec. 5 from 4–6pm.

November Geek Breakfast

Bubba’s, TC


Free + cost of breakfast

A casual monthly community-driven networking event for tech-minded people to discuss topics like programming, social media, digital marketing, design, & more over bacon, eggs & coffee.

Roald Dahl’s “Matilda the Musical,” Arts Academy Theatre Co.

Interlochen Center for the Arts, Harvey Theatre


$21 full, $14 student

Inspired by Roald Dahl’s novel, “Matilda The Musical” follows the heroine as she uses her imagination, intelligence & psychokinetic powers to build a better world for herself & her peers.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 – 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM


Gather with friends and neighbors as we welcome the holiday season in all its festive best! Be a part of the magic of lighting up beautiful Downtown TC and our iconic tree as the parade passes by and we officially welcome Santa Claus to Downtown Traverse City!


Holiday Music, Cass and Front: 5:30 pm

Tree Lighting, Cass and Front: 6 pm

Light Parade, Front Street (Franklin to Union): 7 pm

Santa Visits at Cherry Republic: Post Parade

TCNewTech Boomerang Homecoming

The Park Place Hotel, TC



This event is geared towards professionals who have made the trip home for the holidays & are considering relocating back to TC or northern MI. Featuring some of TC’s fastest growing companies, top local tech & professional services companies, investors, & non-profit organizations. 

Up North Media Traverse City Turkey Trot (HAPPY THANKSGIVING)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28 – 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Francis High School, TC



The 12th Annual Up North Media Traverse City Turkey Trot 5K & 5 Mile is a family favorite! We start Thanksgiving day off right with two different race distances — a 5K and a 5 mile — and, as we promote healthy lifestyles, we also give back to local charities. All runners receive a commemorative long-sleeve Turkey Trot T-shirt with registration. Invite the whole family to participate in this one-of-a-kind event! Don’t forget to snag your festive turkey hat during registration! Please click here for more info or to register!

The Up North Media Traverse City Turkey Trot has contributed more than $100,000 to many great local area causes over the past 12 years. This year’s race will benefit TART Trails Boardman Lake Loop Project and local youth teams and organizations. Come join us to continue your family tradition or start a new one while supporting your community!

Children under the age of 3 in a stroller are free (but will not receive a T-shirt). Dogs are also free!

Glen Arbor Bed Parade

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2019 – 9:00 AM
Downtown Glen Arbor


Celebrate sleeping in at Glen Arbor’s Annual Bed Parade! Watch all the fun as festively decorated beds are wheeled through town!

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29 2019 to NOVEMBER 30 2019
Downtown TC

Holiday Shopping

Start your holiday shopping in downtown Traverse City and support our local merchants. Shop small, shop local!

So if you’re are looking for Traverse City things to do or are interested in learning about Traverse City Restaurants or Traverse City Events, check out The Ticker, Meetup EventBright, PureMichigan or subscribe to my site and stay tuned. These sites cover all of the Northwest Michigan Lower Peninsula!